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Puffin' Billy

composer
signature tune for 'Children's Favourites'

 
It was while on holiday in the Isle of Wight that Edward White (1910–1994) saw some ancient steam engines that chugged along country branch lines, one of them bearing the name ‘Puffin’ Billy’. The chirpy composition which it inspired became familiar during the 1950s when it was adopted as the signature tune for the Saturday morning radio programme Children’s Favourites. Largely self-taught, White was born in London and became a dance-band violinist and arranger in his home city, besides directing a ballroom orchestra in Bristol after the Second World War.

from notes by Andrew Lamb © 1996

En vacances sur l’île de Wight, Edward White (1910-1994) vit des engins à vapeur anciens haleter sur les voies secondaires, à travers la campagne; or, une de ces machines portait le nom de ‘Puffin’ Billy’. La composition enjouée qu’elle inspira fut fameuse dans les années 1950, lorsqu’elle servit d’indicatif au programme radiophonique du samedi matin, Children’s Favourites. En grande partie autodidacte, White naquit à Londres, où il devint violoniste et arrangeur, tout en dirigeant un orchestre de salle de bal à Bristol, après la Seconde Guerre mondiale.

extrait des notes rédigées par Andrew Lamb © 1996
Français: Hypérion

Während eines Sommerurlaubs auf der Isle of Wight sah Edward White (1910-1994) einige alte Dampfmaschinen, die auf einer Nebenstrecke entlangtuckerten, von denen eine den Namen ‘Puffin’ Billy’ trug. Die muntere Komposition wurde während der 1950er berühmt, als sie die Kennmelodie des Radioprogramms Children’s Favourites war, das immer samstags gesendet wurde. White, der sich das Komponieren im großen und ganzen selbst angeeignet hatte, war in London geboren und wurde später Violinist und Arrangeur eines Tanzorchesters in seiner Heimatstadt. Er dirigierte nach dem Zweiten Weltkrieg außerdem ein Tanzorchester in Bristol.

aus dem Begleittext von Andrew Lamb © 1996
Deutsch: Ute Mansfeldt

Recordings

British Light Music Classics
CDS44261/44CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
British Light Music Classics, Vol. 1
CDA66868Archive Service; also available on CDS44261/4

Details

Track 11 on CDA66868 [3'40] Archive Service; also available on CDS44261/4
Track 11 on CDS44261/4 CD1 [3'40] 4CDs Boxed set (at a special price)

Track-specific metadata for CDA66868 track 11

Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-96-86811
Duration
3'40
Recording date
1 December 1995
Recording venue
St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Oliver Rivers
Recording engineer
Tony Faulkner
Hyperion usage
  1. British Light Music Classics, Vol. 1 (CDA66868)
    Disc 1 Track 11
    Release date: May 1996
    Deletion date: July 2010
    Archive Service; also available on CDS44261/4
  2. British Light Music Classics (CDS44261/4)
    Disc 1 Track 11
    Release date: October 2006
    4CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
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